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Tricking Your Brain to Exercise More

Why is committing to exercise so hard? We all know that it will make us happy, reduce stress, improve our health and prolong our life. Even though it is a real ‘no-brainer’, many of us struggle putting it into practice.

Unfortunately, whilst one part of our brain might desire to be healthier and happier, another part wants to conserve energy. So, on the one hand, we want to be as fit and healthy as can be, but at the same time, we gravitate towards doing absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, the biggest obstacle to getting exercise lies between our ears.

Complaining is Bad for Your Health

Can you get through a whole day without complaining? I don’t mean the justifiable protest at getting shoddy service or goods. Instead, I mean the more day-to-day moaning and whinging about other people or the world in general.

In fact, we all regularly complain about modern life, our boss, the government, the youth of today, and so on. In fact, the list is endless. Sometimes, complaining acts as a kind of social glue – it gives us a common purpose and sometimes identifies a common enemy.

The Healing Power of Gratitude

How often do you experience a real sense of gratitude? This can be either having a sense of being grateful for just being alive or being thankful to others around you for what they bring to your life.

The last ten years have seen a host of research studies looking at the benefits of gratitude. People trained to cultivate gratitude appear to deal with stress better, have more sleep and improved physical and mental health. Cultivating gratitude might sound ‘cheesy’ but it is pretty strong medicine.

We Are as Old as We Feel

Whichever way you look at it, getting older in years is a process involving an inevitable steady decline. That’s the bad news. Is there any good news? One good thing is that many large scale studies would suggest that, on average, levels of happiness and contentment can rise as we get older. We tend to savour and appreciate life’s precious moments.

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